Outdoors reminder: Big game may be more aggressive during the fall


The Deschutes National Forest wants to remind people enjoying the outdoors that we’re getting close to breeding season for big game. And that means those animals may become aggressive and bolder.

The Forest Service posted on Facebook that fall is the start of rutting season. Here are some things to remember:

  • Always observe wildlife from a distance 
  • Avoid conflicts by keeping pets on leash and do not allow them to bark at, lunge at or chase wildlife
  • If an animal is carefully watching you and appears jumpy when you move, you are too close
  • Fall is also the start of migration season, when big game move from summer habitat to winter habitat. Expect to see animals on the move
  • Watch for wildlife while driving especially near dawn and dusk

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